Purification Strategies to Process 5 g/L Titers of Monoclonal Antibodies - Altering the order of operations, using new resins, and increasing dynamic binding capacity can obviate the need for major fa


Purification Strategies to Process 5 g/L Titers of Monoclonal Antibodies
Altering the order of operations, using new resins, and increasing dynamic binding capacity can obviate the need for major facilty changes.

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The optimization of operating conditions in platform purification processes allows titers of up to 5 g/L to be accommodated in existing manufacturing facilities. We and others have shown that downstream bottlenecks can be eliminated through the use of conventional purification technologies and the optimization of minor facility equipment.5,10 These platform processes use conventional technologies, including affinity and ion exchange chromatography, without the need for novel unit operations as previously discussed.1,10,11 Chromatography and other standard unit operations offer the benefit of consistent process robustness, high productivity, facilitation of platform processes, low raw material costs compared to the overall cost of manufacturing, and regulatory convenience. Since each antibody may bring its own unique challenges to a platform process, such processes should be flexible where needed while still permitting the use of standard conditions wherever possible.


The authors would like to acknowledge Chris Dowd and Nuno Fontes for developing the facility fit model used in sections of this article and Jean Bender for discussions on process fit at multiple manufacturing facilities.

MELODY TREXLER-SCHMIDT, PhD, is a scientist, STEFANIE SZE-KHOO is an engineer, AMBER R. COTHRAN is an engineer, BINH Q. THAI is an engineer, and SANDY SARGIS is a senior research associate, all in late-stage purification; BENEDICTE LEBRETON, PhD, is a scientist, early-stage purification, BRIAN KELLEY, PhD, is vice president, bioprocess development, and GREGORY S. BLANK, PhD, is the director of late-stage purification, all at Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA, 650.225.1956,


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